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News! I have news!

Wow…what a week it’s been!

First…do you notice anything? (My husband always cringes when I ask that…)

You guessed it! Lots of changes are underway here at the blog. You  might notice a few of them just by looking around, but the biggest change is that I’m now self-hosted!

I had been considering making the switch for a long time, but I was just a little too intimidated by all the techie stuff to take the plunge. And I had no time. But then, I was contacted by Joseph from BlogTweaks and he offered me a great deal to take care of the switch for me. I couldn’t turn it down, and now it’s done! My blog had zero downtime, I got really great service, and I even learned a few things along the way! I’m SO glad I did it. If you’re considering the same type of switch, contact Joseph and he’ll give you $15 off!

Just visit BlogTweaks, send a message through the contact form, and mention my web address to get $15 off the regular price (which is already pretty low.)

In my opinion, it was worth every penny! :)

So I’ve made a few changes to my design, but I’ll probably keep tweaking for a while. One thing that will definitely stay, though, is my new GFC box. I wasn’t allowed to have one through WordPress.com, but I can now! I hope you’ll follow me! Sadly, I also lost all my email subscribers in the switch, but I’m hoping to get many of them back through word of mouth, some timely tweets and a bunch of carrier pigeons (I mean, how DO you tell your lost email subscribers that you’ve lost all your email subscribers?) If you happen to be a subscriber, please resubscribe! And if you’re new to my blog, there’s no time like the present, eh? ;)

The timing of this switch is great, too…because there will be some MAJOR changes going on over here in the ABCGP household.

drumroll please…

We bought a new house!! :D

Yup. We finally did it. It’s been a few years in the works, but last weekend we bought the cutest little house at auction, along with 6 acres of land!

It’s difficult to really express how I feel about the whole thing. I guess that’s why it took me a whole week to blog about it. I’m really overwhelmed with a lot of different emotions, but all of them lead to my being completely elated at the thought of a new home! Living in our tiny house has been tough for a myriad of reasons, and I was wearing thin, but it’s all worth it now. I always knew it would be, but now that it’s real, I’m jumping out of my skin to close and get our keys!

We’ll be living just a few miles from my parents (our childcare.) Sure, we could have moved closer to my job and cut down my commute, but that thought just didn’t feel right to me. We’re moving to a pretty remote, rural area, but it just feels more like where we want to raise our family…with some earth beneath us to put some roots down in. I feel like we stuck to our core ideals and chose a modest house that is well within our means, while at the same time providing our son with a great place to grow up, and that makes me feel like a good mom.  I just can’t stop thinking about all the things we will grow and learn on that land, and I’ll appreciate every second of it.

Plus, it will give me lots of great things to blog about! You know what they say about buying a new home, right? That’s when the new baby decides to show up! (Cross your fingers for us!) :)

I don’t have a lot of pics yet, but I can share the view from our new deck!

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Mom Fail: Yet another reason to go green…

Yesterday’s Major Mom Fail:

About 10 seconds after I heard my son run down the hall toward his very baby-proofed playroom, I turned to go find him (because I never, ever leave him alone. Not for a minute.)

I was heading down the hallway when I heard a thump behind me, in the kitchen. I thought my husband had come into the house.

I turned to see my son, sitting on the kitchen floor. How did he get over there? I swear toddlers have some kind of magic…

Then I noticed the spray bottle of bug spray. In his hands. Pointed toward his face.

His little face, with tiny droplets on it.

My heart stopped. For a minute, I thought I might throw up.

He looked at me, wide-eyed, surprised. But he did not cry.

He switched gears, smiled, got up and ran past me down to his playroom, and I ran after him, grabbing a towel along the way to clean him up.

Reason #45789203 to go a little greener: Orange Guard Home Pest Control, kills pests on contact with orange peel extract in a water-based formula that is safe for use around food, humans and pets.*

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I was horrified that my son had gotten past me, and that I allowed it to happen. I felt like the worst mother in the world, and I’m still beating myself up for it. But, I gotta say, I’m pretty freakin’ proud of myself for making sure the product in that bottle wasn’t toxic. Because toddlers really do have a certain sneaky mischief magic, and accidents happen.

Even so, I’ll be hovering a little more from now on.

*Orange Guard may cause moderate eye irritation.

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A Surprise Giveaway from Blissmo!

**Update: Blissmo’s Yoreganics deal may be over, but you can still enter my giveaway below! It ends on 4/25. Check out Blissmo every day for new deals! (or make things easy and sign up for their daily email!)

Hey hey hey, everybody…an unexpected giveaway popped up! :D

** As of 4/25/11, this giveaway is closed**

Random.org has named Laura, with comment #4, my winner! Congrats Laura on a great win and thanks for greening your laundry! :)

I’ve been shopping lots of daily deal sites lately – Groupon, Eversave, Mamapedia, etc…– and I’m hooked. I’ve been racking up credits when I see really good deals (which is just about every day) and I have already done a lot of my holiday shopping!

If you love a bargain as much as I do, I have great news for you – there’s a new daily deal site in town called Blissmo!

What sets Blissmo apart from the rest?

Blissmo features eco-friendly and organic products. They do all the upfront research to find high quality, well-loved products & services that are either certified as organic or eco-friendly, or that have a people & planet positive approach in the DNA of the business. Blissmo then negotiates compelling discounts and offer these products & services to their subscribers via email.

Tomorrow’s (4/14) deal from Blissmo is the Yoreganics Laundry Trio Travel Tube for only $10. That’s a 50% savings! (For 24 hours only!)

Not too long ago, I did a full review on Yoreganics products, and I really love their soap nuts. They are not only natural, organic and eco-friendly, but they’re really effective, too! (Plus, they’re just really cool.) Check out my original review here.

The trio Blissmo is offering includes:

  • 25 loads’ worth of soap nuts
  • Travel stain remover
  • 6 oz Brightens and Whitens
  • Lavender dryer sachet

Buy it!

Go to Blissmo and order your Yoreganics Laundry Trio tomorrow, while the 50% off deal is HOT!

CHECK IT OUT >> Blissmo has offered my readers an additional 5% off when you enter TRYBLISS at checkout! Offer is good tomorrow, 4/14, ONLY, so get your nuts right away! :lol:

Win it!

Blissmo has offered one lucky winner a voucher for a free Yoreganics Laundry Trio Travel Tube!

Mandatory Entry: To enter, just sign up for the Blissmo daily email, and have huge savings delivered right to you inbox. Come back here, and leave me a comment letting me know you signed up. Please make sure to leave your email address with each entry so I can contact you!

  • Extra entry: Tweet about this giveaway, then leave me a link to your tweet in a comment below. (Once per day.) Here’s a sample tweet to use, if you’d like: Win @Yoreganics soap nuts laundry trio from @ABCGP and @Blissmo! http://wp.me/pTRQh-FM Ends 4/25. #clothdiapers
  • Extra entry: Subscribe to my blog via email. Again, please leave a comment below.

That’s it! Easy, huh?

Good luck! :)

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Entries will close at 8pm on April 25, 2011. I will choose a winner on or about that time via Random.org. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond in order to claim prize. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure: Blissmo has agreed to supply the prize for this giveaway. I received no compensation for this post.

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Greener Choices From Dandelion: Toddler Tableware Made From Corn!

If I had three wishes, one of them would be the eradication of plastic from my home.

(I have no idea what the other 2 would be. It kind of stresses me out to even think about it…)

But, of course, I do not have three wishes, and I have found over the past years that even though I make every effort to NOT buy or use plastic, it’s just plain HARD to get rid of it all!

I’ve gotten rid of plastic bottles, I’ve started using stainless steel straws, I’ve switched out all of our containers to glass. But so many things come wrapped in it, or clamshelled up in it, and some things aren’t available in any option other than plastic.

…and then there’s the kid stuff. Namely, toys.

I scour the web looking for the best deals on cute, educational, eco-friendly, non-toxic toys, and I find a lot. There’s a great selection out there, but it’s really, really hard to convince everyone else to do the same. People just want to go to Wal-Mart or Target and buy something. And 99% of the time, there’s nothing but plastic to buy.

My mom and dad have been doing a great job of finding toys at yard sales. My mom is pretty discerning, and has an eagle eye for great finds, so I trust her to pick things out. I’ve bent the rules on yard sale finds, because I like the thought of reusing toys and not buying new. I also like that these toys were made a long time ago, many of them NOT in China, and much of what might be toxic has already off-gassed (on some other kid, unfortunately. :( )

Here’s an example. Some non-PVC Little People made in Mexico in 1991. Perfect? No. But in my opinion, much better than China circa 2007 or 8.

So, yes. I’ve been flexible on the plastic. (Does that sound punny?) Some days, it’s just too hard to try to micromanage every little thing. But the one thing that is not up for debate is our collection of eating utensils and anything that touches our food (especially my son’s food, and especially when it’s warm or hot.) We work hard to eliminate toxic, unnatural substances from our diets, so it only makes sense to NOT put them back in by exposing our foods to plastic. (Confession: We do switch back and forth from a wooden high chair to a plastic one from a yard sale. Eco-friendly repurposing or hypocrisy? I’m not sure…)

The only problem with that is figuring out what to serve my son’s food in. Glass? Heavy and breakable. Ceramic? Ditto. Metal? Ok, but sometimes expensive, hard to find and not that cute. I will admit that I sometimes look longingly at the cute, colorful plasticware on the store shelves (and then I snap out of it real quick, but you get the idea…)

So, what’s the answer? Check this out: I found tableware made of CORN! :D

Dandelion ReUsables are made from cornstarch, which is renewable and sustainable, using far fewer greenhouse gasses in its production than conventional petroleum-based plastics. They are free of Bisphenol A, PVC and Phthalates, and the packaging is even made from 100% recycled paperboard.

So we decided to give Dandelion a try.

On top of being a bright, sunny yellow that is sure to catch a toddler’s attention, all the cornstarch-based Dandelion products we tried were very lightweight and easy to handle. The plates are deep enough to hold foods in nicely – even salsa, which my son is very into for dipping right now. The forks are not sharp at all, but he still had no trouble stabbing food and feeding himself.

We’ve also used these with pasta sauce, and nothing has stained yet…which is really nice. Because that’s gross.

Bonus: they’re really affordable at around $8 for two bowls, two plates OR 8 utensils.

Cons:

Well, it’s hard to find cons with a simple plate or spoon, but I guess I should point out that these are not microwave or dishwasher safe. But, I don’t have a dishwasher, so it’s not an issue here. And I am trying to limit microwave use anyway, so I kind of like how using these plates serves as a (sort of) reminder…

So, folks, I think we have a winner here. Can you tell?

Endocrine disruptor with your risotto? Not with Dandelion!

And another…just for fun… :lol:

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Interested in learning more about Dandelion ReUsables, or purchasing your own? Visit  the Toddler Feeding section of Dandelion’s website. The Dandelion Foundation will contribute a portion of the proceed from your purchase to support organizations providing food to Americans living with hunger.

While you’re there, make sure to check out their bamboo plush, supercute crocheted rattles, and more!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples of Dandelion ReUsables Toddler Tableware for review purposes. I was under no obligation to publish a review, nor was I compensated for my review. All opinions stated in this post are my own, honest thoughts based on my personal experience with the products mentioned.

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It’s a Pleasure to Meet You…

Wow! The Blogtastic Extravaganza event has been a HUGE hit, and I’ve picked up several hundred new subscribers in the past 4 days! :D Don’t forget – you can still enter until midnight tonight, 1/22. The winner will be announced on Monday, 1/24.

To all of my readers who have been with me for the past year, I just want to say thanks so much for hanging with me! (You know I love ya, right?)

And to all my new subscribers, I’d like to introduce myself!

I’m Wendy, and this is my little man.

I know you probably get a million emails a day, and I am SO grateful that you’ve allowed me to occupy some of that precious space in your inbox!

But I have to admit, I’m a little intimidated. I mean, now I guess I have to come up with something interesting to say, huh? 8O

Haha. I’ll do my best to keep things interesting…discussion is welcome here, so please chime in with your thoughts and suggestions often!

Here’s a quick idea of what you can expect from ABCGP:

I’ve always been a little bit crunchy, a little bit foodie. It’s a combination that makes life a constant learning process, especially with a baby in the mix! Once I found out I was expecting back in 2009, my desire to surround my baby with all things clean, pure and natural kicked into high  gear. I quickly realized that you really can’t “green” your baby’s environment without doing the same for yourself, so we’ve challenged ourselves to examine all aspects of our life as a family, learn as much as we can, and make the changes it takes to make ourselves healthier, day by day…and that’s what this blog is about. (With a healthy dose of toddler mayhem thrown in, of course.)

You won’t get an email from me every day, but I try to update a few times a week. Things you can expect to see include:

  • Journal-type entries about our day-to-day life
  • Attachment Parenting topics
  • Garden updates
  • Eco-friendly lifestyle tips
  • My favorite recipes (mostly healthy, whole foods)
  • Product reviews and giveaways – several coming up SOON! Always easy entries.

I just made some new buttons, so please feel free to grab one from my sidebar!

Again, thanks for stopping by…I look forward to getting to know you all.

(…and feel free to leave me a link if you’d like me to visit your blog!)

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